Membership Certificate of my great grandfather William Means who lived in Machias, Maine.
June 17th, 1907
“You have this day been enrolled as an honorary member of the Lincoln Farm Association a patriotic organization formed by American citizens for the purpose of preserving as a National Park the farm on which Abraham Lincoln was born.
In witness whereof the names of officers and directors and the seal of the Association are hereunto affixed.”
The Lincoln Farm Association was founded in 1906 to preserve the birth site and cabin of Abraham Lincoln. Roughly 100,000 persons contributed money totaling over $350,000. Solicitations were sent out all over the country.
In 1905, Richard Lloyd Jones presented plans for Lincoln Farm Association in the Colliers magazine. Prominent men from all walks of life were appointed to the Board of Trustees. Logs of the symbolic cabin were found in the basement of the old Poppenhusen Mansion at College Point, New York. They were purchased by the Association for $1,000. In June a triumphant tour was scheduled to return the logs back to Sinking Spring Farm. During the trip back the logs were guarded by armed soldiers as stops were made in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Baltimore, and Indianapolis. Thousands turned out at each stop to see the “Lincoln Logs.”
Due to the efforts of the Lincoln Farm Association, the Sinking Spring National Park was established.